About Rick Von Pfeil

Rick von Pfeil is a 5th generation Texan who grew up in Central Texas. His family has deep roots in Taylor.

“The roots, the connectivity are hard to appreciate when you are 16 or 17 years old,” he said. “When you get older, you begin to understand what that means. My office is in the building my dad owned. It also belonged to my grandfather. That post office across the street was his post office. When you get older, it just starts to gel together. You just can’t appreciate that until later in life.”

His family was involved in retail and real estate. It was also involved in barbecue, which is something Taylor is famous for.

He attended St. Mary’s Catholic School then transferred to Taylor High School where he graduated. He majored in economics at Baylor University, earned a Bachelors Degree then a Masters. von Pfeil remained at Baylor for a number of years as a teacher before moving on to a successful career in private industry — mostly in health care, technology, and foreign trade.

Of note, he and his best friend decided to see if they could earn spots on the Baylor football team — and did walk on for one season. He was also considered one of the most popular and effective professors on the Baylor campus.

Before returning to Taylor to care for his elderly parents, Pfeil spent time in the Philippines working with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Filipino Chamber to improve and extend trade relations.It was there he met his wife, Pam. After a three-year courtship, they moved to Taylor.

“I grew up in a conservative household, studied religion and worked in the corporate world for years,” he said. “I understand what it’s like to be the only Democrat in the room. That experience and success puts me in an excellent place to help restore a sense of community, not only to Congress but to our district.”